Arcadia to close open enrollment for special education in 2024-25
The Arcadia School District does not have enough space to allow new special education students living outside district boundaries to open enroll into the district next year.
The Arcadia school board approved closing open enrollment for special education with a unanimous vote at last Monday’s meeting because space is tight.
Students who are currently open enrolled into the district will be allowed to remain in the district, and any student who requires special education and lives within district boundaries will still receive services.
“This is simply a caseload issue for our special education staff, and we just have to hold where we’re at because we know we’re going to have move-ins which is going to continue to add to our caseload,” Superintendent Lance Bagstad said on Monday.
The board also approved allowing outside students to apply for open enrollment into general education classes — space permitting — with a 7-0 vote.
School boards across the state are required to vote annually on open enrollment and space available in schools.